For Future Veggies

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In the now-quiet house, the animals appear again, venturing back out into the center of the spaces. After a weekend of the most beautiful weather I've even seen in my entire life, yesterday dawned cloudy and cool, a welcome margin of gray into which we decided to fit some spring cleaning. I opened the newspaper and was excited to see that a recipe for pizza inspired by one I'd made last spring was included in an article about asparagus and pizza (thanks Deena!). We cleaned the fridge, got some groceries, made some dough, went to the lumber store to buy some cedar boards for our new raised beds, went back to the store to get more boards (naturally, we can't count), and spent the day puttering happily. Andy took the old roses out of the parkway (sorry old roses, but I know you were unhappy) and built one of the beds. There will be three total, each 4' x 8'. We'll plant vegetables and flowers. It's the only real sunny spot we have. Half of our neighbors came by while Andy was out there, one by one offering opinions and advice. Kind of funny. We just smile and do our thing. Whatever I dream up, he'll figure out how to make it work. I bring the plan (and the pizza); as long as he has his playlist, his puppers, and a decent IPA, he's off and running. I sit on the steps with a sketch pad and seed catalog, and study the light. Tulips blooming. Waylon Jennings. Potatoes, eggplant, lettuce, peas.


If your raised bed is anywhere near trees, please line the base with weed mat or something else to stop the tree roots. It sounds really unromantic, but then so is digging up the beds to reline then two years later. I still can't bring myself to unearth the final bed to reline and really wish someone had warned me a bout the trees.

That pizza looks delicious. I am hungry now!

The photo of your fence with Andy gardening in the background is so beautiful. What a great shot you captured. Clover is such a faithful pup, what a sweet girl she is...:)

Happy Wednesday!


i want to reach straight into my monitor and take a huge bite out of that asparagus pizza YUM.

Your top photo could have been taken in my house! I have two kitties who love to take over my bed as soon as I'm out of it!

"while I study the light".... You are a true artist, Alicia! But we have all known that for as long as I've been reading this blog....

Kathy McDonald says: April 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM

Oh, Alicia, coming to your blog each day brings me so much joy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with us. The photos of Bridget, Violet, and Clover Meadow speak volumes about the level of contentment of all creatures residing in your home. Your posts remind me of how lucky I am to live an equally great life, and to be thankful. It just can't get much better than this!

Hi Alicia,
I love all garden talk! I spent all day Tuesday redesigning my herb garden, trying to make it more of a "potager" that I've seen in my favorite European garden blogs. Plus, that sounds French, which is what I aspire to be :). I ordered some of the willow edging that you recommended, and I'm including a lavender hedge and a couple of glass cloches (more for looks than function). It's so fun to plan, isn't it?
At the end of the day, I noticed that my 40 year old body doesn't recover quite as quickly as it used to - what are these aches and pains in my hips?!

Keep us posted on your plans. I wish that my husband would help as much as yours does, but he doesn't complain about my spending, so that counts for something!

Laura in Naperville, IL

Love gardening time.

We also have 3, 4x8 beds too.

Since we're out in the country we used hardware cloth on the bottom of each bed to keep the subterranean critters from burrowing up to eat our carrots and other roots.

It sure has worked and saved many plants.

May you be blessed with a huge green thumb this season.

Oh, don't forget the row covers.

Sorry for all the "helpful hints", I'm old and feel remiss if I don't share. (big smile)

Nice images! I love that look over the fence. Homemade pizzas are the best.I love making them sometimes. Vegetable gardens are a must have and lovely husbands too and yay for happy dogs! Cute dog!

Mmmmm. Perfect. :)

Started my tomatoe and bell pepper plants but won't be puttimg them out until the 2nd week in May. We have gotten frost that late. Also, will be planting green beans, Swiss Chard, melons, summer and winter squash. Pumpkins for jacks and pies, anaheim peppers for rellenos. I know I've forgotten something. I did plant some garlic on a lark and it's doing very well. I have a flannel quilt that kitters just adores, big moose. He is a hog when it comes to quilts. Crocheting a ripple afghan for a friend's niece with a combo of variegated colors and a soft blue. Pattern is madein the back loop of stitch.

"the most beautiful weather I've ever seen in my entire life" -- TOTALLY, right?! On Sunday in a state of complete euphoria, I breathlessly said to a friend, "this is the best day of my life." xoxo.

As always, a visit to your blog refreshes me and fills my soul. I look forward to photos of your garden as it blooms and you harvest your produce.

About that pizza: Do you deliver?

my husband stained and built a raised bed. we were trying to decide what to plant. too many rabbits here so we'll have to protect our plantings. laura in naperville made me laugh. 40??!! i'm over 60 and i face-planted in the driveway after a day in the yard. say goodbye to those lenses. i am so bruised that i, too, will sit and plan. ipa sounds good.

Jennifer J. says: April 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM

I made the asparagus and goat cheese pizza minus the anchovies tonight and even my picky eating kids devoured it! I had no idea that you were the inspiration behind the shrimp combo until I clicked on here during the after dinner lull before dish washing. Yum! Thank you Alicia and FoodDay!

You had me at Waylon Jennings :)
It's funny how that combination of music, pets,the yard,and your love....all meld together to make for an awesome day! Oh, and some really good beer & food too!

It was a gorgeous weekend, wasn't it? Just perfect! I planted my 3 raised beds last weekend with peas, carrots, spinach, beets, squash and lettuce. Not much better than hands in the soil on a warm spring northwest day. : )

I seriously want to curl up in that bed, with those cats, and eat that pizza. That is all.

Sounds like a wonderful picture. If I bring my own IPA can I sit down and watch the planned garden with you? I could really use the rest.

What a lovely way to spend the day together...just love days like those.

We've just put in raised beds and at the moment they are full of tiny little shoots, we are so excited everytime we go out to look!

Happy days!
Fleur xx

Christine says: April 26, 2012 at 02:00 AM

I love that you love Waylon Jennings. May your veggie garden flourish with tasty treats.

While I am excited about your pizza and your beds, I am still stuck on yesterday's photos. I keep looking at your precious guest's face and am overcome by her beauty. Perhaps the perfect Mother's Day gift to her mama would be a framed photo of Andy and the babe entitled "My Friend." I have a similar photo of my dad and daughter...those are the moments that breathe life into our days. I am comforted to know you had such a lovely time together.

Lois R (SW PA) says: April 26, 2012 at 05:42 AM

Among your many other knacks, you also have a knack for describing "gray" in the most beautiful ways.

I was a glorious weekend! I opened all of my (16) windows in my home and did some yard work, spent some time wandering around in the cemetery across the street from my home, soaking up the wonderful weather!
Love your photos ~ especially of your pup and the pizza sounds yummy!

Katherine says: April 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Do you still have the sampler? I love it but just haven't pulled the trigger to buy it because I'm so lazy about ACTUALLY making things like that. Also, I know you've put them out before but would love an updated reading list and music list! Love reading!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at